This week in Winning Post

Mighty campaigner Black Heart Bart has won 16 races including five at Group 1 level, but it's been bang on nine months since he last greeted the judge.

Trainer Darren Weir will be hoping a trip back to his native Western Australia will fix that this week, as Bart attacks Saturday's Railway Stakes.

He'll have to contend with top weight, and it may be that Bart is better suited a fortnight hence in the weight-for-age Kingston Town Classic, but you know one thing: the horse who wears his heart on his forehead will be giving his all.

The WA Guineas is the main support act on a quality-packed Ascot program.

Back east, the Victorian spring carnival has its last hurrah with the running of a 10-race card on Sportsbet-Ballarat Cup day. And that's not the only cup action this weekend, because Winning Post will carry full form guides for the country cup days at Wodonga (Friday), bet365 Park Kilmore (Sunday) and Goulburn (Sunday).

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Wodonga cup day, Cessnock and the Cranbourne night meeting plus fields, colours and selections for Orange, Port Lincoln, Townsville and Sunshine Coast (night).

The metro racing this Saturday is at Sportsbet-Ballarat in Victoria, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Gosford (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post November 25 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Sale
Ladbrokes Park, Rosehill, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Benalla (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Kembla Grange (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Traralgon, bet365 Geelong, Newcastle, Sunshine Coast
Should big stables be prevented from plundering country meetings and city-based country features?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R4 N4 Anatola
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R7 N17 Miss Dubois
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R9 N4 Dreamforce
Sportsbet-Ballarat Saturday - R7 N8 Broadway And First
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R1 N3 Deplorable
Morphettville Parks Saturday - R6 N2 All Bar Two
Ascot Saturday - R8 N4 Supply And Demand
Letter of the Week

None for the battlers

What a pathetic excuse for a true representation of country racing in Victoria the Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final turned out to be.
Who didn’t predict that the lion’s share of the $201,500 purse ($147,500 of it, to be precise) would be won by the dominant Darren Weir stable?
Another Coldie and Night’s Watch, trained by Weir, quinellaed the race.
I sympathise with Doug Whitworth, who trains a small team at Fyan’s Creek, near Stawell, and prepared I Am the Dark immaculately for the race, with wins at Murtoa and Cranbourne, only to be rolled in the finale by the Weir juggernaut.
When the Country Carnival Series was first announced, I proposed that Racing Victoria rule that stables with more than 40 horses on their books be ineligible to participate. Either that or restrict the races to stables that have not won 40 races in a calendar year or accrued more than $400,000 in prizemoney.
For me, the Carnival Country Final was the absolute low point of the four days — a race without colour, class or inspiration, little more than a benefit for what is the biggest racing stable in the state.
It would, of course, have been an entirely different story, a rags-to-riches story, if I Am the Dark had won for a family of true country battlers.

Keith Lofthouse
Great Western (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: